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Do you have a desire for more Brazilian Rosewood in your life?

Here we have a classical guitar, made in Brazil, by a migrant Spanish luthier.
Di Giorgio "Bel Son" (no. 36) made in 1976.
This model is towards the top of the range they offered.

I think it could be restored to be a lovely guitar, by somebody with some patience, skill & tools. (Rules me out on three counts)
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The good

Bridge is Brazilian rosewood for sure. Not sure about the fretboard.
The back & sides appear to be a Brazilian rosewood / Mahogany veneer. I've had an experienced luthier look at it & he agrees. So does the Internet. It looks very pretty. It is quite light in colour (heartwood). Body is in good condition.
The neck is mahogany and it is straight (thanks to some help from the forum). Tuners work fine.
It has a lovely, warm tone, even though it is not all solid wood.
Has some nice, hand-carved ornamentation on the headstock.

The bad

The top is ... who knows? Some other odd tropical hardwood. It is not spruce or cedar though. I guess that was hard to come by in Brazil in the 70s?
And it is not very flat. It is a little sunken but it still works ok.
Needs a neck reset--the action is high.
If I had the skill I'd want to make a new top in cedar or spruce, though you could skip this step and still have a decent guitar.
Does not have a case.
Will need to be picked up in person from central Auckland.

Please note, this is not available on a first-come, first served basis. I'd like to hear from anyone who is interested in taking it on, so please PM me. I'm not interested in any plan that would involve stripping it for parts. If you sell it when it is done, or part it out, I'll be wanting a cut. If you keep it, it is yours to enjoy.

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yes please...

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I might have been interested, but not in Auckland. The Spanish luthiers also did not normally use a dovetail, from memory they extended the sides into the neck block which is one piece with the heel and neck. I have only reset dovetails so anyone taking this on beware :D


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Wish I had the skills.

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Nice one Mark!

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Bg wrote: Thu Jun 10, 2021 5:29 pm yes please...

firestarter, I'm just a twisted fire starter ;)
Hey BG, your expression of interest has been noted. It is not exactly what I had in mind, but I'm sure you have the skills and motivation to carry it through. I'll get back to you when I've duly considered all options (or possibly when hell freezes over ). :moresarc:

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olegmcnoleg wrote: Thu Jun 10, 2021 8:26 pm
Bg wrote: Thu Jun 10, 2021 5:29 pm yes please...

firestarter, I'm just a twisted fire starter ;)
Hey BG, your expression of interest has been noted. It is not exactly what I had in mind, but I'm sure you have the skills and motivation to carry it through. I'll get back to you when I've duly considered all options (or possibly when hell freezes over ). :moresarc:
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olegmcnoleg wrote: Thu Jun 10, 2021 8:26 pm
Bg wrote: Thu Jun 10, 2021 5:29 pm yes please...

firestarter, I'm just a twisted fire starter ;)
Hey BG, your expression of interest has been noted. It is not exactly what I had in mind, but I'm sure you have the skills and motivation to carry it through. I'll get back to you when I've duly considered all options (or possibly when hell freezes over ). :moresarc:
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